Mirror's Edge

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Slick side-scrolling parkour game with mild violence.





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Ease of play

All actions are performed via intuitive screen swipes; forward to start running, up to jump, down to land in a roll, etcetera. The learning curve is shallow, with tutorial text boxes popping up during early missions. Later levels become more challenging, but are rarely frustrating.


Enemies try to shoot the player’s “runner” as she sprints through buildings and over rooftops. No blood is seen, but the screen flashes when she gets hit. She can also hurt herself while running, taking damage from long drops. Players do not shoot back at enemies, but rather try to avoid them or, when necessary, knock them to the ground by jump kicking them or sliding at their feet.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mirror’s Edge is based on the action/adventure game of the same name made for consoles and PC, but that it is less visceral. Players see their “runner” (a courier in a city controlled by oppressive authorities) sprint across a side-scrolling environment avoiding obstacles and sometimes knocking down or kicking enemies who shoot at her. She can die, but there is no blood.

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MIRROR’S EDGE manages to retain the look and feel of the console game upon which it is based, despite a switch from first-person perspective to a simpler side-scrolling format. The original game’s “beware of big brother” message comes through in the story, which focuses on a female courier with amazing parkour (acrobatic running) skills who ferries messages through a city in which the free flow of information has been stifled by an oppressive regime. The action is similar as well, though not quite as intense. Simple and intuitive swipes make your runner leap over obstacles, wall jump, slide under barriers, and, when necessary, drop-kick gun-wielding adversaries, knocking them out so you can continue on without risk of being shot. It looks great, offers a good challenge, and is a lot of fun.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 2, 2010
Category:Adventure Games
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later

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Parent Written bySacko November 10, 2012


It is a fast paced game very easy one, and better than temple run


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